Calondra D. Tibbs, MPH
Calondra Tibbs received her Bachelors of Science in Health Science Education (BSHSE), with a concentration in Worksite Health Promotion, from the
After working for two (2) years with the Louisiana Department of Health, Ms. Tibbs moved to
Ms. Tibbs is currently enrolled in a PhD in Public Health program, with an emphasis on Epidemiology, at
Leadership Development Opportunities
As I reflect over the past year, I recognize that this has been a very rewarding experience. Since starting with the program I have learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. More importantly, I have learned how to use my strenghts to overcome weaknesses and become a well rounded leader. As one of the fellows with minimal leadership experience I feel this program has benefited me greatly in that I identified my leadership goals early before developing inappropriate leadership behaviors. I feel this program, with additional training, has prepared me for the leadership role I currently have and future leadership roles I hope to achieve.
I found this experience very enlightening, and learned that no one trait, skill or behavior will be the making of a leader, but knowing what my individual traits, skills and behaviors are and how to use them can make me a more effective leader. Since 2000, I have known that I would play a role in environmental health, and it is hard to know exactly what that role will be. This fellowship has allowed me to see all of the possiblities and understand areas I would need to grow in to be an exceptional leader in the field. It has been amazing to see the lightbulbs go off in my head, and amongst my classmates, when we learned new theories, processes and procedures to become the leaders of tomorrowâ€™s environmental health workforce.
I plan to use this experience, the people I have connected with, the incredible resources to help advance my career in public health and to address environmental health issues. The EPHLI coordinators, instructors, and mentors should be commended for putting together a comprehensive program that not only focuses on teaching leadership skills but putting people in touch with their on inherit abilities to be a leader. Also, a key component of the program which should not be forgotten is the development of partnerships within our communities, whether local, state or national. The ability to network and collaborate with people in my community has strenghtened public health relationships with our partners. I feel the program has had a profound affect on how I view leadership now and how others will view leaders advancing through this program in the future. I can only end with a job well done to all.